Niels Marcussen

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At present, the mechanism leading to bladder cancer is still poorly understood, and our knowledge about early events in tumorigenesis is limited. This study describes the changes in gene expression occurring during the neoplastic transition from normal bladder urothelium to primary Ta tumours. Using DNA microarrays, we identified novel differentially(More)
Microfibrillar-associated protein 4 (MFAP4) is located in the extracellular matrix (ECM). We sought to identify tissues with high levels of MFAP4 mRNA and MFAP4 protein expression. Moreover, we aimed to evaluate the significance of MFAP4 as a marker of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and to correlate MFAP4 with other known ECM markers, such as fibulin-1,(More)
MicroRNAs (miRNAs), a group of small non-coding RNAs that fine tune translation of multiple target mRNAs, are emerging as key regulators in cardiovascular development and disease. MiRNAs are involved in cardiac hypertrophy, heart failure and remodeling following cardiac infarction; however, miRNAs involved in hypertension have not been thoroughly(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate the prognostic influence of microvessel density using the hot spot method in 107 patients diagnosed with transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder. In each case, inflammation was found in the invasive carcinoma, therefore we classified the degree of inflammation as minimal, moderate or intense. Microvessel density(More)
A double-disector method for obtaining estimates of the number of particles inside other particles, illustrated by an estimation of the average cell number in a glomerulus, has been developed. The method is suitable for paraffin-embedded tissue because it does not require knowledge about the section thickness. Most importantly, the estimate is absolutely(More)
The aim of the present study was to analyse lymphocyte subsets in consecutive peripheral blood samples and consecutive tumour tissue core needle biopsies performed before and during interleukin-2 based immunotherapy, and to correlate the findings with objective response and survival. Twenty-six patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma were treated with(More)
Histamine (HDC) inhibits formation and release of phagocyte-derived reactive oxygen species, and thereby protects natural killer (NK) and T cells against oxidative damage. Thus, the addition of histamine may potentially improve the efficacy of interleukin-2 (IL-2). We have explored this potential mechanism clinically in two randomised phase II trials in(More)
A method for unbiased capillary number estimation based on the estimation of the Euler-Poincaré characteristic or Euler number with the disector is evaluated. The generation of a new capillary creates a new loop in the capillary network corresponding to a change of exactly one unit in the Euler number of the network. In this way the Euler number has a(More)
The objective of the study was to investigate the predictive value of various clinical, biochemical, and histopathological parameters, with special emphasis on the expression of the retinoblastoma protein (pRB), on the radiation response in bladder cancer. In order to obtain a truly objective response measure, patients receiving preoperative radiotherapy(More)
BACKGROUND Low serum sodium has recently been associated with poor survival in localised renal cell carcinoma (RCC). We now show the prognostic effect of serum sodium in patients with metastatic RCC (mRCC). METHODS Cohort A comprised 120 consecutive patients with mRCC receiving subcutaneous, low-dose interleukin-2 and interferon-alpha. Hyponatremia was(More)